Another epic day of quarter-final rugby…this Rugby World Cup has been the most unpredictable, with every team giving it their all till the last minute.
It was North vs South, 2 southern hemisphere teams already in the semi-finals. Australia and Argentina were looking to make this a Rugby Championship Final.
First up was Argentina against Ireland, the Irish coming into this game after a win against France, I thought the luck was with them. I almost missed the game with the time changes – why did no one inform me kick-off was at 2pm SA time tsk tsk tsk.
The Puma’s showed that competing in the Rugby Championship against 3 top sides (Australia, South Africa and New Zealand), has its advantages as they showed great skill and flair in the first 20 minutes scoring 2 tries.
Even a pack advantage in the scrum could not help the Irish.
The luck of the Irish turned in the 20th minute when Argentina went down to 14 men, the Irish began to settle and pushed back to reduce the Argentinian advantage, the half-time score 20 – 10 to the Puma’s.
The second half started with much of the same fierce rugby, end to end stuff definitely superb running rugby.
Ireland were still in it until the 64th minute, the score 20 – 26 to Argentina. I was hoping the Irish saw the pot of gold, Leprechaun and found a four leaf clover but it was the Puma’s who ran in another 2 tries in the last 20 minutes to secure their place in the semi-finals.
Final score 43 – 20 to Argentina.
The last quarter-final spot up for grabs were contested between Australia and Scotland. To be honest I never watched this game as I kinda thought Australia would win anyway.
Just like the me, the Australians under-estimated their opponents.
Scotland took a 1 point lead into the break setting up a massive last 40 minutes.
It seemed like Scotland were going to be the only Northern hemisphere side represented in the semi-finals as both teams were seperated by only one point with 20 minutes left in the game.
I don’t know what happened in the last few minutes of the game but a penalty awarded to Australia had fans on twitter going crazy, the referee coming under fire…some saying he was faster than Usain Bolt after he blew the final whistle.
The final score ended 35 – 34 to Australia, changing this from a Rugby World Cup to a Rugby Championship.
Southern hemisphere semi-final. Who will be in the Finals?